Lexus Song Quest

The 2024 Semi-Finals will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July at St Andrew's on The Terrace. The Grand Final Gala will be held on Saturday 3 August at the Michael Fowler Centre, accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Grand Final Gala tickets are on sale now.

The 2024 Semi-Finalists

The Preliminary Judges have spoken, our 10 Semi-Finalists have been chosen and the journey to crown our 2024 winner begins.

The future of opera starts here...

Road to the Final

The start of each Lexus Song Quest marks the beginning of an exhilarating ride for a special group of New Zealand’s best young singers. As with any journey, there is the excitement of adventure, some roadblocks to navigate, and delight when we reach our destination. Plus we learn heaps along the way…
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The Prizes

The Lexus Song Quest prize-winners will receive cash prizes:

The Winner

The winner of the Lexus Song Quest will receive an immediate cash prize of $50,000 net for professional development purposes.

The Runner Up

Will receive an immediate cash prize of $20,000 net.

Third Prize Winner

Will receive an immediate cash prize of $15,000 net.

Additional Prizes

The other two finalists will each receive a cash prize of $3,500 net.

2022 Lexus Song Quest

Tenor singer Filipe Manu was named as the winner of the 2022 Lexus Song Quest on Saturday 23 July in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, as well as adoring audiences from around the world who tuned into the livestream and the live radio broadcast.


Our congratulations to Filipe and all five finalists, including and runner up soprano Felicity Tomkins and Kiri Scholarship winner Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono. 

You can still experience the glittering Grand Final Gala - the livestream video as well as the radio broadcast are still available to access from the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts Facebook page and you can listen in on RNZ Concert.

The Lexus Song Quest returns for 2024 at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 3 August.


2022 Lexus Song Quest winner

“This year was my third time competing, and last night was a combination of hard work and my persistence over the past few years.

“Lexus Song Quest is such an important competition for young singers, and I’m so thankful to everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout this experience.”

- Filipe Manu

Grand Final Gala

3 August 2024